Specific Health Concerns >> UTI - Urinary Tract Infection
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If you're a woman, your chance of getting a urinary tract infection, or UTI, is high; some experts rank your lifetime risk of getting one as high as 1 in 2 -- with many women having repeat infections, sometimes for years on end.
Here's how to handle UTIs, whether you're experiencing your first or fifth infection, and how to make it less likely you'll get one in the first place.
What Causes UTIs in Women
UTIs are a key reason we're often told to wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. That's because the urethra -- the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body -- is located close to the anus. Bacteria from the large intestine, such as E. coli, are in the perfect position to escape the anus and invade the urethra. From there, they can travel up to the bladder, and if the infection isn't treated, continue on to infect the kidneys.
Women may be especially prone to UTIs because they have shorter urethras, which allow bacteria quick access to the bladder.
Having sex can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract, too.
Symptoms of UTIs
To identify a UTI, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
Tests and Treatments for UTIs
If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection, head to the doctor. You'll be asked to give a urine sample, which will be tested for the presence of UTI-causing bacteria.
Antibiotics to kill the intruders. As always, be sure to finish off the prescribed cycle of medicine completely, even after you start to feel better. And drink lots of water to help flush the bacteria from your system. Your doctor may prescribe a medication to soothe the pain, and a heating pad may also be helpful.
Studies on the effectiveness of cranberry juice for preventing or treating UTIs have produced mixed results. The red berry contains a tannin that prevents E. coli bacteria - the most common cause of urinary tract infections- from sticking to the walls of the bladder, where they can cause infection. However, a 2012 review of 24 studies looking into the effectiveness of cranberry juice/extract on UTIs found they did not significantly reduce the incidence of UTIs.
Consider Dr. Huntoon's Advice below.
About 1 in 5 women experience a second urinary tract infection, while some are plagued incessantly. In most cases, the culprit is a different type or strain of bacteria. But some types can invade the body's cells and form a community safe both from antibiotics and the Immune System. A group of these renegades can travel out of the cells, and then re-invade, ultimately establishing a colony of antibiotic-resistant bacteria primed to attack again and again.
Some women are genetically predisposed to UTIs, while others have abnormalities in the structure of their urinary tract that make them more susceptible to infection. Women with diabetes may be at higher risk, as well, because their compromised Immune Systems make them less able to fight off infections like UTIs. Other conditions that increase risk include pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, and anything that affects urine flow, such as kidney stones, stroke, and spinal cord injury.
UTI Treatment Options
If you have 3 or more UTIs a year, ask your doctor to recommend a special treatment plan. Some treatment options include:
The tests, which are available without a prescription, can help you determine whether you need to call your doctor. If you're on antibiotics, you can test to see if they've cured the infection (although you still need to finish your prescription). Contact your doctor if the test is positive, or if your symptoms continue, despite a negative test result.
Consider Dr. Huntoon's Advice below.
Dr. Huntoon has spent 30 plus years understanding the importance of all disease, what causes sickness to begin and what it takes to be and stay healthy. It is his passion and he can and will help you understand how to restore balance to your GenitoUrinary System and your overall health. Since Traditional Medical Treatment is to give the person an antibiotic, this will set a woman up for the return of a UTI down the road and a woman will develop repeated UTIs as a result. Why? Please appreciate that any time you are exposed to antibiotics (70 percent of them are put into our food supply), you will disrupt your microbiome and create health imbalances within the DIgestive System and every other system in the body. Taking one specific for a UTI leads to changing the pH within one's GenitoUrinary System.
Understanding the True CAUSE of UTIs is Important
When a person's GU Tract is too Alkaline, bacteria tend to grow. They prefer this environment because it allows them to flourish. Continuing to support this condition by eating too many CRAPohydrates is what creates the basis for Chronic UTIs many women experience. One becomes addicted to these CRAPohydrates as a side-effect of taking antibiotics as stated in the previous paragraph.
Acidifying The Urine
This is the natural state of the urine, to be acidic. Unfortunately, as mentioned, this is a problem for many women. Knowing that bacteria do not grow in an acidic environment, this is why the Home Remedy of acidifying your urine by drinking pure cranberry juice is considered effective. The challenge is, most cranberry juice is high in sugar, as no one really likes pure cranberry juice, as it is too strong. So using store bought cranberry juice, high in sugar will not be a good solution.
We offer a concentrated Cranberry Complex with some other GU Acidifier-Supplements along with a supplement to detoxify the Kidney/Bladder System. Contact the office at (845)561-2225 for Dr. Huntoon's GenitoUrinary Balance Protocal to eliminate the cause of your frequent UTIs.
Restoring Balance To The System
If you have taken antibiotics in the past for UTI Treatment, it is also of important to understand the Digestive System Disruptors that will contribute to having problems with your microbiome, thus leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Similar to Yeast/Candida overgrowth, those who are susceptible to UTIs may have recurrence after treatment. It is advised to adopt a long-term diet that is low in carbohydrates and especially refined CRAPohydrates.
How to Prevent UTI Re-infection
You can prevent getting another UTI with the following tips:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Huntoon directly at 845-561-2225. He looks forward to serving you.
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